As the youngest of five siblings, Chris Faiumu AKA DJ Mu did things a little differently. "An accident" in his own words, Mu is the musical outlier in a sports-mad family from the proud sports locale of Wainuiomata. The diverse, working class suburb of Wellington's Hutt Valley has produced many first-class rugby union and league players, such as Tana Umaga and Piri Weepu.
Rugby or league were seen as a ticket out and over the hill says Mu, though his journey over the hill was more to do with his mum, "who was going to try something different the fifth time". Presenting her son with the prospectus of private boys 'boarding school, Scots College, Mu recalls agreeing to attend with little thought, being more concerned with "what we were going to have for dinner" at the time.
It was on his first day at Scots College, in front of the Headmaster after getting into a fight, that Mu realised what he had signed up for. He quickly found his "crew" that exposed Mu to a new world of music that included artists such as Talking Heads and Van Morrison. Radio with Pictures was appointment viewing for him and his friends, and exposing them to sounds and videos they had never seen.
Mu's next sonic discovery was when he attended Victoria University of Wellington, as "the only Faiumu with School C" he enrolled for the BSc, but spent most of his time "playing basketball at the Rec Centre". The studies further stalled once Mu located the student radio station, Radio Active.
It was here that Mu expanded his musical appetite, becoming one of the co-founders of bass reggae collective Roots Foundation. Radio Active was where he also met Fat Freddys' vocalist Dallas Tamaira, and got his hands on his instrument of choice: the Akai MPC sampler.
Nicknamed "his girlfriend", Mu's MPC has featured on all of Fat Freddys' studio and live releases. It is still the workhorse in their Bays Studio. When asked if he could ever imagine that this band would be his livelihood for the past 15 years and counting, Mu chuckles, "I didn't see this coming, I feel very blessed and honoured to have the job we have."
- Fat Freddys Drop - Bays
- FFD's Toby Laing in The Secret Life of Musical Injuries
- FFD's 2014 European Tour Diary
- 2013 Fat Freddys live CD
- Roots Foundation at 21
- DJ Mu and Freddys playing Favourites with Kim HIll 2013
- Fat Freddys Drop -Dr Boondigga and The Big BW
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Song: Isn’t She Lovely
Album: Songs in the Key of Life
Artist: Talking Heads
Song: This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
Comp: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison,Tina Weymouth
Album: Speaking in Tongues
Artist: Public Enemy
Song: Welcome To The Terrordome
Comp: D. Sadler, Shocklee
Album: Fear of a Black Planet
Label: Def Jam
Song: Black Survivor
Album: One Way Ticket
Label: VP Records
Song: Ni Ten Ichi Ryu
Comp: Rupert Parkes
Artist: Tribe of Issachar feat. Peter Bouncer
Song: The Junglist (DJ Zinc remix)
Label: Congo Natty
Artist: Four Tet
Album: Beautiful Rewind
Label: Text Records
Artist: Jagged Edge
Song: Lonely Highway